The Pulse of the Profession
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An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) handles all the same duties as a registered nurse, plus advanced responsibilities within a chosen specialty. Different certifications are necessary for the job, and the certification you need depends on the specialty you choose.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world got a hard look at the nursing profession. Everyone hailed nurses as heroes (which they always have been), watching them battle mental and physical exhaustion and burnout on the frontlines of care. It was apparent nurses weren't okay. Today, they still aren't okay—and our 2022 State of Nursing Survey results reflect that. But, as you'll see, there are specific incentives that would make them feel differently.
A certified nurse midwife (CNM) helps new mothers throughout their fertility journeys. From pregnancy to postpartum care, they are with their patients every step. But that’s not all — these nurse practitioners treat female patients throughout their lives, from puberty through menopause.
Not all patients’ ailments are physical. They need ongoing support and care for psychiatric conditions, like someone healing from a broken bone or chronic illness. In these instances, they rely on the expert skills of a mental health nurse to lead better lives.